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Online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences | OU Online

18+ MONTHS

12 COURSES

34 HOURS

$647/CH

Educate and Empower

The OU Online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences is a 34-credit program designed to provide advanced education, training, and research to students desiring a mastery in one of the specialty areas of dietetics, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sport, medical nutrition therapy, diabetes, cancer, and weight management.

This program is not a pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian; however, students transitioning into the field will earn a master's degree, which the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require beginning in 2024 to sit for the RDN exam.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Benefits of the Nutritional 
Sciences Master's Degree

Be Certification Ready

Our curriculum has built-in coursework that prepares students for the CDR certification exams. Some certification possibilities include the Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Gerontological Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition, Oncology Nutrition, and the Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.

Strong Career Growth

The job market for dietitians and nutritionists is expected to expand by 15% by 2026, creating nearly 10,000 new positions. This program allows RDs and RDNs to remain competitive by obtaining a master’s degree. Students transitioning into the field will earn a master's degree, which the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require beginning in 2024 to sit for the RDN exam.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in online discussions with professors and fellow students while gaining the advanced skills needed to take your career in nutrition to the next level.

80%

OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation

60%+

OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more

78%

OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field

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Pursue Your 
Nutritional Sciences
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences is a lock-step curriculum with eight-week or 16-week-long courses. Students will take up to two courses at a time.

  • Energy Nutrients
  • Research Methods
  • Adult Weight Management
  • Nonenergy Nutrients
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Nutrition and Diabetes
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Geriatric Nutrition
  • Nutrition Support
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Capstone Summer

How to Apply

Admissions to the online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences program is selective. Applicants interested in the program are required to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Completed the following courses or equivalent: Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Human Physiology, and Introductory Nutrition

Additional admissions factors may include work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends, or improvement in academic performance and undergraduate school performance, interviews (may be requested by the Department of Nutritional Sciences as needed), or permission by Department of Nutritional Sciences if the applicant’s bachelor’s degree is in another field of study.

To apply, students must:

  • Complete the online application at https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/
  • Submit a current resume
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Interview, if requested
  • Valid TOEFL exam score report (international students)

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing onlineaid@ou.edu or calling 405-325-2929.

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Same Academic
Excellence

Like every OU Online program, the M.A. in Nutritional Sciences is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

An Investment in Your Future

Earning an M.A. in Nutritional Sciences from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $21,998 ($647 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. 


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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

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